Depends on What the Meaning of the Word “Torture” Isby Stephen Gordon
“As I’ve said before, the United States does not torture,” said President Bush in 2006. “It’s against our laws and it’s against our values.”
The AP brings us the latest episode of the other half of the story:
“We tortured Qahtani,” Crawford said, making her the first senior Bush administration official to say that aggressive interrogation techniques had crossed the line.
“His treatment met the legal definition of torture, and that’s why I did not refer the case” for prosecution, she said.
Al-Qahtani in October 2006 recanted a confession he said he made after he was tortured and humiliated at Guantanamo.
The alleged torture, which he detailed in a written statement, included being beaten, restrained for long periods in uncomfortable positions, threatened with dogs, exposed to loud music and freezing temperatures and stripped nude in front of female personnel.
As the aftermath of Gitmo begins, Andrew Sullivan provides one workable definition of the word “torture:”
The definition of torture is when the victim has no effective choice but to say something, true or false, to end the ordeal. You can bring a victim to that point of surrender of his or her soul and will in many different ways.
In the meantime, some people partially responsible for 9/11 may never be prosecuted because of the irresponsible, illegal and immoral acts of the soon-to-be previous administration.